I believe the consensus in healthcare is that medical data should always be preserved with records of corrections (except via some government established procedure if there is ever a valid requirement to purge data). Generally, I believe the policy is to preserve data, not to “clean up hard drive space”.
Currently, some types of observations like attached images (technically considered “Complex Obs”) can be deleted from the file system when the database Observation is voided. I have done some research on JIRA and see this specific issue has gone through some changes over the years. There appears to have been some fluctuation within the community between one approach (saving the files) and the other (deleting them). I’d like to hear what the community needs and policy are, to meet the needs of users and patients, and not just what an individual dev or group believes is “right” from their point of view. I’d appreciate any feedback, existing policies or case studies to direct future work in this area. Being that I’m primarily acquainted with the dev community, I’d like to invite comments from @AdvisoryCouncil , @janflowers , @dkayiwa , @wyclif , @mksd , and @mogoodrich .
I have described the current issue I am seeing here on a previous bug case that appears to have the same symptom for anyone technically inclined to read more: https://issues.openmrs.org/browse/LUI-135?focusedCommentId=259299&page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:comment-tabpanel#comment-259299
Thanks all, Ken Long @long27km